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FrontlineSMS V2.0: A Powerful Tool for Achieving Positive Social Change and Health Improvement in Developing Countries

Good news from the software sector: FrontlineSMS Version 2 is here at last! Two years in the making, the updated version is simpler, more intuitive, and easier to utilize. It also adapts more easily to individual needs and systems, and has already met an enthusiastic response from the SMS community. And with all it has to offer, the new software should prove a valuable contribution in the effort to achieve positive social change in developing countries around the world. Read More »

Open Source Hardware-The Next Frontier

You've heard of open source software. Open data. Open access. Open knowledge. With the origin of open source software, an entire culture with a distinct ethos and community of “openness” was born. But what exactly is open source hardware? Read More »

Why Open Source Will Rule Scientific Computing

I think there are inexorable forces that will elevate open-source software to widespread acceptance, and eventually dominance, in the scientific computing market. For some time now I have harbored a secret belief that this is true, but when customers and scientific computing professionals start saying the same thing, it’s time to pay careful attention. Key forces will be...

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RPMS Awarded Meaningful Use Certification

One of the most poorly-funded federal agencies, the Indian Health Service (IHS), has defied the odds once again and it has become the first federal agency to have its health information system certified for Meaningful Use. 

IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux announced “the Indian Health Service is very proud to be the first federal agency to earn this certification, which is based on industry standards.” She emphasized that RPMS will “help us provide quality health care delivery to patients in the Indian health system,” adding that the “monetary incentives made available by this certification will also benefit IHS, tribal, and urban Indian health facilities.”

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Simulation Technology and 'Open' EHR Systems for Medical Education & Training

Models of human patients have been used in medicine for thousands of years. Some of the first medical 'simulators' were simple representations in clay and stone that were used to demonstrate the clinical features of disease states and their effects on humans. Today, ever more sophisticated medical simulation tools and techniques have been developed and integrated into the education and training programs for medical professionals. There are now approximately 300 medical simulation centers in the U.S. Most are affiliated with medical schools, nursing schools, and major teaching hospitals.

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